The word entheogen means 'generating the divine within'. Entheogens are also called plant teachers - plants which teach us thing. Entheogens are a psychoactive substances or plants mostly used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context. Entheogens can supplement many diverse practices for transcendence, and revelation, including meditation, psychonautics, psychedelic and visionary art, psychedelic therapy, and yoga.
Throughout history entheogens have been used in a ritualized context for thousands of years. Their religious significance is well established in anthropological and modern evidences.What kinds of plants or chemicals fall into the category of entheogen is a matter of debate. Here on openmindtrips.com we refer to plants such as Ayahuasca, Iboga, San Pedro, Peyote and psilocybin Mushrooms. Other examples of traditional entheogens include: uncured tobacco, cannabis, Salvia divinorum, Ipomoea tricolor, and Amanita muscaria.
More broadly, the term entheogen is used to refer to any psychoactive substances when used for their religious or spiritual effects, whether or not in a formal religious or traditional structure. This terminology is often chosen to contrast with recreational use of the same substances.